tv Jeremy Corbyn Address to British Labour Party Conference CSPAN October 2, 2015 4:06am-5:17am EDT
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everybody. my name is rohi malik and this is my first time at the labor party conference. [ applause ] i'm not going to lie to you, i can't believe i'm standing here. i'm a bit nervous. so i grew up in isington north and knew jeremy corbyn before he was famous. i know him from down my street on way to our school summer fair. i know him from countless campaigns from defending our local hospital, the whitington to marching for peace and justice. and i know him from the countless times he has helped parents of my friends on issues from asylum cases to rogue landlords. jeremy has always stood up for everyone in isington north with the commitment and dedication. like jeremy nhs and justice for refugees are particularly close to my heart.
my dad was a little prisoner on death row in pakistan. and he escaped to this country on a false passport, arrived without a word of english and was shown the best of british humanity with a new start and hope. [ applause ] my dad was given great opportunities by this country. and he took them, training and qualifying as a doctor with our nhs and spending the last 25 years as a committed community gp. he's a great inspiration to me. and last week, i enrolled at manchester medical school because i, like my dad -- [ applause ] i tell you this story because my
background leads me to always see best in people and what they can contribute and achieve. a message that this summer has resonated with so many people. when jeremy announced he his standing i was excited. it energized me and my family. then realized it was bigger than that. friends of mine who had never mentioned politics were starting to debate. i could hear people in the local park talking about jeremy corbyn and this wasn't just us in isington north, it was happening all over the country. i feel very lucky to have had a part in an inspiring and positive campaign. it brought together a diverse crowd all united by the idea that politics could be different. that experience has been life-changing. at my first conference it's been so lovely to be warmly welcome welcomed by so many people, new members, returning members and members coming here for over 40
years. it's been a privilege to debate with so many. i'm so proud to be a part of this amazing party. a party that has achieved so much for ordinary people and still has so much more to do. i believe that this summer has given us fresh energy to do what we do best. stand up against injustice. so it gives me enormous pride to introduce by mp and the leader of our labor party, jeremy corbyn. [ applause ]
any chance we could start the speech? any chance we could start? friends, thank you so much for that incredible welcome. and rohi, thank you so much for the way you introduced me and the way your family and you have contributed so much to our community. that was absolutely brilliant. thank you very much. [ applause ] i am truly delighted to be invited to make this speech
today because for the past two weeks, as you probably have known, i've had a very easy relaxing time. hardly anything of any importance at all has happened to me. but you might have noticed in some of the newspapers, they've taken a bit of an interest in me. i haven't read them all but some of the things i read are this, that according to one headline, jeremy corbyn welcomed the prospect of an asteroid wiping out humanity. [ laughter ] now, asteroids are pretty controversial. and it's not the kind of policy i'd want this party to adopt without a full debate in conference. so can we have the debate later in the week? [ applause ] another newspaper went even further and printed a mini novel that predicted how life would look if i were prime minister. it's pretty scary, i have to
tell you. it tells us football's preppyer league would collapse. that makes actually a lot of sense because it's quite difficult to the understand how all our teams in the premiership would cope with playing after an asteroid had wiped out humanity. that's a no, no for sure. the daily express informed readers that my -- i think there's three or four great, great great grandfathers who i never heard of before, was a very unpleasant sort of chap who apparently was involved in running a work house. i want to take this opportunity to apologize for not doing the decent thing and going back in time and having a chat with him about his appalling behavior. but then there's another journalist who has obviously been hanging around my street a great deal who quotes neighbors often see him, that's me, riding
a chairman mao style bicycle. now, less thorough journalists might have referred to it just a bicycle but no. so we have to conclude that whenever we see somebody on a bicycle from now on, there goes another supporter of chairman mao, thus the daily express have changed history. but seriously, conference, it's a huge honor and a privilege for me to speak to you today as leader of the labor party. top welcome all our new members, more than 160,000 have joined the labor bore party. [ applause ] and more than 50,000 have joined since the declaration of the leadership and deputy leadership election results. and i'm very proud to say in my own constituent oocy, our
membership as of last night had just gone over 3,000 individual members and 2,000 registered supporters. 5,000 people in my constituency. [ applause ]and 2,000 registere. 5,000 people in my constituency. [ applause ]i want to say first of all a huge thank you to all the people in my moo constituency in issington north and the labor party for their friendship and all the activities they've done and all the help and support they've given to me in the last few weeks. thank you very much, indeed, to everyone in issington. but above all, i want to welcome all our new members to this party. everyone who has joined this party in this great endeavor to change our party, change our country, change our politics and change the way we do things. above all, i want to speak to everyone. britain about the task labor has now turned to. opposing and fighting the torre
government and the huge damage it's doing and developing labor's alternative. renewing our policies so we can reach out across the country and win next year, starting in wales, in scotland, this london, in bristol and in local government elections across britain. [ applause ] and i want to repeat the thanks after i gave after my election to all the people who served the labor party so well in recent months and recent years. firstly, to ed miliband for the leadership he gave our party. [ applause ] for the courage and the dignity he showed in the face of tawdry media attacks. and also for the contribution i know he'll be making in the future. especially on the vital issues of environment and climate change. thank you, ed. thank you so much for all you've done. [ applause ]
the way she's changed attitudes and law through her courage and determination, the equalities act is one of many testaments to her huge achievements. thank you, harriet, for everything you've done and everything you continue to do. [ applause ] i also want to say a big thank you to ian mcnichol our general secretary and all our party staff in london, new castle and all over the country for their dedication and hard work during the general election campaign and the leadership campaigns and also to all the staff and volunteers who are doing such a great job here this week in brighten at this incredible conference we're holding. thank you to all of them. they're part of our movement and part of our conference. and also, i want to say a
special thank you to the fellow candidates who contested the leadership election for this party. it was an amazing three-month experience for all of us. i want to say thank you to liz kendall for her passion, her independence, her determination and her great personal friendship to me throughout the campaign. liz, thank you so much for that and all you contribute to the party. [ applause ] and i want to say thank you to yvette cooper for the remarkable way in which she's helped to change public attitudes towards the refugee crisis and now for leading a task force on how britain and europe can do more and better to respond to this crisis. yvette, thank you for that. [ applause ] and to andy bernham, our new shadow home secretary for everything he did as health secretary. to defend our nhs health service free at the point of use as a human right for all. i want to say thank you to all three for the spirit and
friendship with which they contested the election. thank you, liz. thank you, yvette. thank you, andy. [ applause ] i want to thank all those who is took part in that election at the hastings and rallies all across account country. our party at its best, democratic, inclusive and growing. i've got new people to thank, as well. the talented colleagues working with me in the shadow cabinet. labor's front bench. an inclusive team from all political wings of our party, from every part of our country. it gives us the right foundation for the open debate our party must now have about the future. i'm not a leader who wants to impose leadership lines all the time. i do not believe any one of us has a monopoly on wisdom and ideas. we all have ideas. and a vision of how things can be better. i want open debate in our party and our movement.
i will listen to everyone. [ applause ] because i firmly believe leadership is about listening. we'll reach out to our new members and supporters involve people in our debates on policy. and in our party as a whole will decide. i've been given a huge mandate by 59% of the electorate who supported my campaign. i believe it's a mandate for change. and i want to explain how. first and foremost, it's a vote for change in the way we do politics. in the labor party, and in the country. politics that's kinder, more inclusive, bottom up, not top down, in every community and workplace, not just in westminster. real debate. [ applause ] real debate, not necessarily mess and discipline all the time
but above all, straight talking, honest, that's what the policies we're going to have in the future in in party and this movement. and it was a vote for change in our party, as well. let me be clear. under my leadership and we discussed this yesterday in conference, labor will be challenging austerity. it will be unapologetic about reforming our economy. the challenge -- to challenge inequality and protect workers better. and abinternationally, we'll be a voice for engagement in the partnership with those who share our values. supporting the authority of international law and international institutions, not acting against them. the global environment is in peril. we need to be part of after international movement to cut emissions and pollution, to combat the environmental danger
to our planet. these are crucial issues. but i also want to add there. i've been standing up for human rights and challenging oppressive regimes for 30 years as a back bench mp. before that, as an individual activist just like everyone else in this hall. just because i've become the leader of this party, i'm not going to stop standing up on those issues or being that activist. [ applause ] so i say the so my first message is to david cameron. i say to him, now, a little message from our conference, i hope he's listening. you never know. intervene now personally with the saudi arabian regime to stop the beheading and crucifix of ali muhammad al nimar --
[ applause ] -- who is threatened with the death penalty for taking part in a demonstration at the age of 17. and while you're about it, terminate that bid made by our ministry of justice to provide prison services for saudi arabia which would be required to carry out the sentence that would be put down on muhammad ali amimol. we have to be very clear about what we stand for in human rights because a refusal to stand up is the kind of thing that really damages britain's standing in the world. i have huge undying admiration for human rights defenders all over the world. and i've met hundreds of these very brave people during my lifetime working on international issues. and i want to say a special
mention to one group how have campaigned successfully for the release of a british resident shacker amir from guantanamo bay. this was a campaign of ordinary people, ordinary people like you and me standing on cold drafty streets for many hours over many years together, we secured this particular piece of justice. because that is how our human rights were won. but ordinary people coming together. ordinary people doing extraordinary things. that is how our rights and our human rights have been won. [ applause ] the tore rids want to repeal the human rights act. some want to leave the european convention on human rights. just to show what they're made of, their new trade union bill which we're opposing very strongly in the house and the country is also a fundamental attack on human rights and is in breach of both the ilo and the
european convention on human rights. now, i've been listening to a lot of the advice about how i do this job. there's plenty of advice around, believe me. actually i welcome that. i like to listen to advice particularly the advice which is unwelcome. because that is often the best advice you get. the people that tell you yes, you're doing great, you're brilliant br, you're wonderful, fine, thank you. but what have i done wrong? i haven't got time for that. but i want to listen to people. but i want to do things differently, as well. i've been told never repeat your opponent's lines in a political debate. but and i take a but here, i want to tackle one thing head-on. the torres talk about economic and family security being at risk from us, the labor party, on perhaps even more particularly from me.
i say this to them. how dare these people talk about security for families -- for families and people in britain. where's the security for families shuttled around from one private rented sector flat to another on six months tenants with children endlessly having to change schools? where is the security for those tenants afraid to ask a landlord to make a repair to a dangerous structure in their own homes because they might be evicted because they've gone to the local authority to seek the justice they're entitled to? [ applause ] where is the security, where's the security of a career struggling to support older family members astorry inspired local government cuts destroy social care and take away the help they needed. where is the security for young people starting out on careers
knowing they are locked out of any prospect of ever buying their own home bizarring house prices? where is the security? also for families driven away from their children's schools and communities and family ties by these welfare cuts, and where is the security for hundreds of thousands who have taken on self-employment with uncertain income, no sick pay, no maternity pay, no paid leave, no pension, now facing the loss of tax credits that keep them and their family afloat? [ applause ] there's no security for 2.8 million households in britain forced into debt by stagnating wages and the torre record of the longest fall in living standards suince records began. and that's really the number of it -- tory economic failure, an economic that works for the few, not the many.
manufacturing still in decline. look at the tory failure to intervene and superior our steel industry as the italian government has done. so as we did yesterday in conference, we stand with the people on t side fighting for their jobs, for their industry and their community. [ applause ] and whilst the company has said it will moth ball the plant and late workers off, therefore it is not too late now the, again, to call on prime minister even at this very late stage, this is 12th hour, step in and defend those people. other governments like the italian government have done the same. why can't the british government? what is wrong with them? [ applause ]
there's an investment crisis. there's a big investment crisis in britain. we're at the bottom of the international league table. well, not quite just at the bottom. we're just below madagascar and just above el salvador. so we're doing quite well. and we have a balance of payments deficit of 100 billion pounds last year. loading our economy and every one of us with unsustainable debt for the future and the shocks in the world markets this summer have shown what a dangerous and fragile state the world economy is in and how ill prepared the tories have left to us face another crisis. it hasn't been growing exports and a stronger manufacturing sector that have underpinned the feeble economic recovery. the only thing is house price inflation, asset inflation, more private debt. beat have the an economy that's unbalanced, unsustainable and frankly dangerous to the security of people of this country. that's the real risk.
[ applause ] -- to us all. and think of the people who have had to stretch to take on mortgages. people have only been able to keep their families afloat by rely ong credit cards and payday loans. fearful of how they will cope with the rising interest rates. it's not acceptable that tories' austerity is the outdated and utterly failed approach of the past. so it's for us -- [ applause ] it's for us, for labor, to develop our forward-looking alternative. that's what john mcdonald started to do in his excellent speech to conference yesterday. at the heart of it is investing for the future. every mainstream economist will tell you that with interest rates so low, now is the time for public investment in our infrastructure. investment in council housing and for affordable homes and to rent and to buy.
john hailey's plan for 100,000 new council and housing association homes a year to tackle the housing crisis, drive down did the spiraling housing benefit bill and so actually, make a profit for the taxpayer, are a profit for the taxpayer because the benefit bill falls when the cost of housing false. it's quite simple actually and quite a good idea. we also need investment in fast broadband to support nut high technology jobs. we need a national investment bank to support real investment in our infrastructure to provide finance to small and medium sized firms that our banks continue to starve the money they need to grow. we need a green new deal investing in renewable energy and energy conservation to tackle the threat of climate change. the tories, of course, are selling off the grieve investment bank.
they're simply not interested in this. [ applause ] this is the only way for a strong economic future for this country. that is sustainable, that turns around it the terrible trade deficit, that superiors high growth, firms and businesses. that provides real economic security for our people. the economy of the future depends on the investment we make today an infrastructure, skills and schools. and in that, i want to say i'm delighted that lucy powell, our new shadow education secretary, has already set out how the education of every child and the quality of every school counts. every school accountable to local government through local education authorities. [ applause ] not -- not bringing back
selection because we have aspirations for all children, not just the few. [ applause ] now, my first public engagement as labor leader came within a couple of hours of being elected. and i was proud to go across to parliament square to speak to the refugees a welcome rally in central london because i wanted to send out a message of the kinder politics we're pursuing and a caring society we want to achieve. i've been inspired by the people across this country making collections for refugees in cal lay, donating to charities, the work of citizens uk to involve whole communities in this effort. these refugees are victims of war. many the victims of brutal conflict in syria. it's a huge crisis. the worst humanitarian crisis in
europe since the second world war. and globally, it's the biggest refugee crisis there's ever been. but the scale of the response from our government from europe and from the wealthier parts of the international community simply isn't enough. now, i do welcome the aid the government has given to refugee camps especially in leb felon but we all know must and should and i hope will be done because it's a crisis of human beings just like you and just like me looking for security and looking for safety. let's reach out the hand of humanity and friendship to them. [ applause ] now, let me say something about national security. the best way to protect the british people against the threats we face to our safety at home and abroad is to work to resolve conflict.
that isn't easy, but it is unavoidable if we want real security. our british values are internationalist and universal. they are not limited by borders. working within and strength anyo enning the united nations. on my first day, it was a privilege to meet the soldiers and medic who's did such remarkable work tackling the ebola crisis in sierra leone. well done, all of them. [ applause ] there's no -- there is no contradiction between working for peace across the world and doing what is necessary to keep us safe. today, we face very different threats from the cold war time
which ended 30 years ago. that's why i've asked our shadow defense secretary, maria eagle, to lead a debate in review about how we deliver that strong modern effective protection for the people of britain. but there's one thing i want to make my own position on absolutely clear and i believe i have a mandate from my election on 100 billion pounds spent on a new generation of nuclear weapons taking up a quarter of our defense budget is the right way forward. i believe -- [ applause ] i believe that britain -- i believe that our country -- i believe that our country should honor our obligations under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and take a lead in making progress towards international nuclear disarmament. but, in developing our policy through the review we must make sure that all the jobs and skills of everyone in every aspect of the defense industry are fully protected and fully
utilized so that we gain from this, we don't lose from this. to me, that is very important. and on our foreign policy we need to learn lessons from the recent past. it didn't help our national security that at the same time some years ago when i was protesting outside the iraqi embassy about saddam hussein's brutality and use of chemical weapons, ministers were secretly conniving with illegal arm sales to his regime. it didn't help our national security when we went to war with iraq in defiance of the united nations on a false respectus. it didn't help our national security to endure the loss of hundreds of brave british soldiers in that war while making no proper preparation for what to do after the fall of that regime. nor -- nor does it help our
national security to give such uncritical support to regimes, i mentioned only two but there are many i could mention such as saudi arabia and bahrain who abuse their own cities and suppress democratic rights. these are issues we have to stand up on and also recognize in some cases they using british weapons in the assault on yemen on the present -- at the present time. we have got to be clear about where our objectives are. but there is a recent object lesson in how real leadership can resolve conflicts, prevent war, and build real security. it's the leadership, the clever and difficult diplomacy that's been shown by barack obama and others in reaching this historic deal with iran, a deal that opens the way for new diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in syria. the scale of the destruction and suffering in syria is truly
dreadful. more than a quarter of million people have been killed. more than 10 million driven from their homes. i yield to know one in my opposition to the foul and despicable crimes committed by isil and by the assad government, including barrel bombs being dropped on civilian targets. we all want all of the atrocities to stop and the syrian people be able to return home and be free to determine their own destiny. but the answer to this complex and tragic conflict can't simply be found in a few more bombs. i agree with patty ashton when he says military strikes against isil are not succeeding. not because we don't have enough high explosive, because they do not have a diplomatic strategy on syria. that's the challenge for leadership now. for us, for david cameron, the clever, patient, difficult diplomacy this country and others need to play a leading
role in. that's why hillary ben and i together are calling for a new united nations security council resolution that can underpin a political solution to the crisis. i believe the u.n. might yet manage to bring about a process that leads to an end in the violence in syria. yesterday's meeting in new york went -- was very important and went a long way towards achiefing that. we wish it well. we want peace for the people of syria. and indeed the people of the whole region. i have another -- i have another important message for everyone here today. people recognize what's changed in our party, recognize what's changed in british politics and how fundamental that change is. what happened this summer with the election was nothing short of a political earthquake. according to the script socialists and social depositionic parties were in
decline. social democracy itself was exhausted, dead on its feet. yet something new, invigorating, popular, and authentic has exploded. to understand this, all of us have to share our ideas and contributions. our common project must be embraced an emergence of a modern left movement to harness people into building a society for the majority. now, some of the media commentators who spent years complaining about how few people have engaged with political parties have sneered about our huge increase in membership. if these people were sports reporters, writing about a football team, they would be saying this, they've had a terrible summer, they've got 160,000 new fans. season tickets are sold out. the new supporters are young and optimistic. i don't know how this club is going to get through this crisis.
we celebrate -- we celebrate the enthusiasm of so many people, old and young, from all communities joining our party, in every part of the country joining labour as members an supporters. and we need to change in response to this movement. our new members want to be active and be involved. they want to have a say in labour party policies. they want to lead local and national campaigns against injustice and a dreadful impact of torre austerity, they want to work if local communities to make people's lives better. they don't want to do things the old way. young people and older people are fizzing with ideas. let's give them the space for that fizz to explode into the joy we want of a better society. they want a new politics of
engagement and involvement. many of our new members are all very -- already very active in their communities in voluntary organizations and in local campaigns. m and we've convinced them to take a further step and join our party. what a tremendous opportunity for labour to be at the center and the hub of every community in every town, city, and village in this country. together, we can make a very big difference to our society. to debate, to build is part of it. to develop friendships and set up new community projects. but above all, to explain and talk to the neighbors about politics, about changing britain for the better. but it's going to mean quite a lot of changes for some of us, from the way we've done our politics in the past. our new deputy leader tom watson is well up for that challenge. he's leading the charge and leading the change of a much greater use of digital media as a key resource. that is the way of
communication. it is not just through broad cheek newspapers or tabloids. it's social media that really is the point of communication for the future. we've got to get that. but i want to make a firm commitment to people who join our party that it's you that will have the real say, the final say in deciding policies of our party. no one, not me as leader, not the shadow cabinet, not the parliamentary labour party is going to impose policy or have a veto. the media commentary simply don't understand it. they report disagreements as splits, agreement as compromised or concessions as capitulation. no, sorry, commentaryate. this is real people debating real issues.
we take -- we take a decision and we go forward together. we look to persuade each other on occasions we might agree to even disagree. it is not the end of the world. but whatever the outcome, whatever the outcome we stand together, united as labour to put forward a better way to the misery from the conservatives and their allies. that is a function of labour. there's another important thing about how we're going to do this. it's a vital part of our new politics. i want to repeat what i said at the start of the leadership election. i do not believe in personal abuse of any sort. treat people with respect. treat people as you wish to be treated yourself.
listen to their views. agree or disagree, but have that debate. there's going to be no rudeness from me. maya angelou, brilliant writer, said this. you may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. wonderful words from maya angelou. i want to kind of politics, a more caring society. don't let them reduce you to believing in anything less. so i say to all activists, whether labour or not, cut out the personal abuse, cut out the cyber bullying, and especially the massage nisic abuse online and let's get on with bringing real values back into politics.
a year earlier than the independent electoral commissioner advised them to do. what it means is this, listen carefully. 2 million people could lose their right to vote. that's 400,000 in london. 70 thousand in glasgow. thousands every town, city, village in hamlet all across the country. overwhelmingly, they're students, they're people in insecure accommodation, short-stay privatelets. we know why the torres are doing it. they want to gerrymander next year's election in london by denying hundreds of thousands of londoners their right to vote. they want to do the same for the assembly elections in wales. and they want to gerrymander electoral boundaries across the whole country by ensuring the new reduced house of commons boundaries will be decided on the basis of the missing millions from the voters register when the boundary commission starts its work next april.
so conference, we got to do our best to stop them. we'll highlight the issue in parliament, of course, and outside. we're work with counsels all across the country to get people back on the register. but i make this appeal to you. from today, from now, our party, our labour party starts a nationwide campaign for all our members to work in every town and city, every university, students start the new term, to stop the torre gerrymandering. to get people on the electoral register. i know this is hard work but before i game an mp i was agent for ten years and i know how hard and vital that work is. we're going to do it. but these days we have new resources. the power of social media, the power of our new membership. conference, let's get to it and get those people on the hedge
center to give us those victories but also to get fairness within our society. and, friends, we need to renew our party in scotland. i want to pay a big tribute to our leader in scotland. i nope people have been disappointed in scotland in the labour party. he's asked people to take another look at the labour party and that's what i ask people to do. under our leadership it will change. we want to again make labour the fighting force you expect us to be. we need to be investing in skills, investing in our young people. and strong message here not cutting student numbers, giving young people real hope and real opportunity.
conference, it is labour that is the progressive voice for scotland. there's another big campaign we need to lead, david cameron's attack on the living standards of low pay workers and their families through the assault on tax credit. first, remind people over and over again that david cameron pledged during the election not to cut child tax credits. on the question time leaders debate he said he rejected child tax credits. how can it be right that a single mother as a part-time nurse earning just 18,000 pounds per year to lose 2,000 pounds to this broken promise? some working families losing 3,500 a year to the same broken promise. how can it be right or fair to break this promise while at the
same time handing out an inheritance tax cut to the 60,000 wealthiest families in the country? see the contrast. so we'll fight this every inch of the way and we will campaign at the workplace and every community against this tory broken promise and to expose the absurd lie and it is a lie that the torys are on the side of the working people, that they're giving britain a pay raise. it was one of the proudest moments of our life when cycling home from parliament at 5:00 in the morning having voted for the national minimum wage legislation to go through. and of course it's good to see a minimum wage. but the phony rebranding of it as a living wage doesn't do anyone any good. the institute of fiscal studies has shown that cameron's broken promise means millions of workers are still left far worse
off. i know there's a big british majority for building a more equal society. for limiting poverty and homelessne homelessness. we're a rich country. these things are not necessary or inevitable. they can and must be changed. i traveled the country throughout the leadership campaign and it was wonderful to see the diversity of all people in this country. and the way that fundamentally most people get along together. and that's now being reflected in our membership of this party with more black, asian, and ethnic minority members joining our party. they are very, very welcome, and we want many more members, too. even more inspiring is the unity and unanimity of their values. i believe in coming together we achieve more than we can do on our own. basically it's about fair play
for all. it's an old fundamental really. solidarity and not walking by on the other side of the street while people are in trouble. respect for other people's point of view. it's that sense of fair play. these shared majority values in britain that are fundamental reason why i love this country and its people. these are the values that i was elected on, a kind of politics, a more caring society. these are labour values. they're our country's values. we're going to put these values back into the heart of politics in this country. therefore, we want to rid britain of injustice, to make it fairer, more decent, more equal, and i want all our citizens to benefit from prosperity and success. there's nothing good about
cutting support for the children of supermarket workers and cleaners. there's nothing good about leaving hundreds of thousands unable to feed themselves driving them to food banks that have now become an institution. there's nothing good about our prime minister wandering around europe trying to bargain a way workers protection right which many have fought for for so long. as our conference decided yesterday, we will stand up for that vision of a social europe, a europe of unity and solidarity, to defend those rights. i'm proud of our history. i'm proud of the history of ordinary people, the history of courageous people who defied overwhelming odds to fight for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy today. the rights of women to get the
vote, those brave women that did so much 100 years ago to get that. the rights and dignity of working people. our welfare state, the national health service rightly the center of downey boils olympic open ceremony, the bbc, the latitude, both great institutions. both under attack by the torys. that's the difference now from the tories. so let me make -- let me make this commitment. our labour party will always put people's interests before profit. i want to say -- [ applause ] i want to say a bit more about how we develop our policy. let's start by recognizing there is a huge amount of agreement. we start from that thanks to the
work done by the policy forum and others. but then we need to be imaginative and recognize the ways our country is changing. in my leadership campaign i set out some ideas about how we should support small businesses and self-employed. that's because one in seven of the labours for now work for themselves. some of them have been driven into it as their only response to keeping an income coming in. insecure though it is. but many people like the independent independence and self employment that brings to their lives. being your own boss is not a bad thing. with that independence is insecurity and risk. especially those on the lowest and most volatile incomes. no sick pay, for women becoming pregnant, they don't want to slip further into debt. they earn less than other workers. on average, 11,000 pounds a year. their incomes have now been hit hardest by five years of tory economic failure.
what are v. the tories done to help the self-employed, entrepreneurs they claim to represent? they're clobbering them with tax cut credits and they're going to clobber them again even harder when they bring in universal credit. so i want our policy to review to tackle all of this in a serious way and be reflective of what modern britain is actually like. our party labour created the welfare state as an expression of a caring society. but all too often that safety net has big holes in it. people fall through it. it's not there for the self-employed. it must be. that is a function of universal welfare state. so we consider opening up statutory maternity so all newborn children get the same level of care from their parents. so i've asked angela and owen
smith, our shadow dwp secretary, to look at ways that we can support the self-employed and help them grow their businesses. i want to take this opportunity to thank lillian greenwood, shadow transport secretary for the speed and skill with which she's moved on the future of our railways policy. it was wonderful to see conference this morning agree on a new plan to bring the private franchises into public ownership as they expire. labour's policy -- [ applause ] labour's policy now is to deliver the fully integrated publicly owned railway, the british people want and need. that's a labour policy. that's what we're going to deliver on. housing is absolutely top priority policy. nowhere has the tory failure been so complete and so damaging. in the last parliament at least half a million fewer homes were
built than were actually needed. pry haven't rents are out of control. a third of private rented homes not meeting basic standards of health and safety. the chance of owning a home a distant dream for the vast majority of young people. there's no answer, no answer at all for the housing crisis that doesn't start with first of all a new very large, very active counsel house building program. there are new homes that are affordable to rent and buy. john healey, our shadow housing minister has shown it can pay for itself by making the taxpayer a profit by cutting housing benefit bill by having reasonable rents, not exor tant rents and we need new ideas to tackle land hoarding and speculation. these are issues that are so vital to how things go forward
in this country. i want a kinder, more caring politics that doesn't tolerate more homelessness, more upheaval for families in temporary accommodation, a secure home is out of reach for millions. john healey has made a great start on that fundamental review of our housing policies to achieve that. and we're going to achieve that, decent home for everybody. that is our labour pledge, labour aspiration. and we're also going to make mental health a real priority. it's an issue for all of us. every one of us can have a mental health problem. so let's end the stigma and end the discrimination. berger, our shadow minister of mental health, i want to challenge the tories to make the esteem of mental health the
reality and not the slogan. that means increased funding, especially for services for children and young people. 3/4 of chronic mental health problems start before the age of 18, yet only a quarter of those people get any of the help they actually need. all our work is important on bringing mental health to the forefront of a public understanding and a public debate. end the stigma, end the discrimination. treat people with mental health conditions as you would wish to be treated yourself. that's our pledge. all our policy work will be underpinned by labour's values. so let's put those values back into politics, the kinder, more caring world that we all want to live in. since the dawn of history
virtually every human society there have been people who have given a great deal and many more people who have given little or nothing. some people have property and power, class and capital, status and clout, which are denied to the many. and time and time again the people who receive a great deal tell the many, be grateful to have anything at all. they say the world cannot be changed and the many must accept the terms on which they're allowed to live in it. these days this attitude is justified by economic theory. the many with little or nothing are told they live in a global economy whose terms cannot be changed. they must accept the place assigned to them by competitive markets. by the way, isn't it really curious that globalization seems to always mean low wages for the poor people but always used to
justify massive payments for top chief executives of global corporations? our labour party came in to being more than a century ago to fight that attitude. and it's still what our labour party is about. labour is the voice that says to the many at home and all around the world, you don't have to take what you're given. labour says you may be born poor but you don't have to stay poor. you don't have to live without power and without hope. you don't have to set limits on your talent and your ambition or those of your children. you don't have to accept prejudice, discrimination, sickness shs poverty, or destruction of war. you don't have to be grateful, survive in a world made by others. no. you set the terms for the people
in power over you. and you dismiss them when they fail you. that is what democracy is about. that's always been our labour party's message, you don't have to take what you're given. it was the great nigerian writer who i'm such a huge admirer of, ben okry who wrote perhaps and put it maybe the best. he said the most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, and to love. ben okry, what a genius. but they are at it again. they are at it again, the people who want you to take what you've been given. this tory government which was
made by the few and to be, quite fair, paid for by the few. since becoming -- [ applause ] since becoming leader david cameron received 65 million pounds in donations from hedge funds, from people who have a lot. and to be quite honest, they want to keep it all. that's why this prepaid government came in to being. to protect the few and tell all the rest of us to accept what we're given. and to prove the honesty of their endeavor they've already delivered 145 million pounds in tax breaks to the hedge funds in return for that small investment of 55 million. they want us -- they expect us to believe there is no alternative to cutting jobs, slashing public services, vandalizing the national health service, cutting junior doctors' pay, reducing care for the
elderly, destroying the hopes of young people for a college education or putting university graduates into massive debt. putting half a million more children in poverty. they want the people of britain to accept all of these things. they expect millions of people to work harder, longer, for lower quality of life on lower wages. well, they're not having it. our labour party says no. the british people never have to take what they're given. and they certainly -- and certainly not when -- [ applause ] and certainly not --
[ applause ] and we certainly don't have to take those kind of messages from cameron and osbourne. so, conference, i come almost to the end of my first conference speech. and i thank you for listening. so, okay, all right, don't worry. listen, i've spoken at 37 meetings on saturday afternoon. is that not enough? we'll talk later. so i end conference with a quote. the last bid of man to lead the labour party was a wonderful, great scotsman, keir hardie.
who died a century ago this weekend and we commemorated him with a book we launched on sunday evening. keir grew up in dreadful poverty and made so much of his life and founded our party, stood up to be counted on votes for women, stood up for social justice, stood up to develop our political party. we owe him and so many more so much. and he kind of was asked once, summarize what you're about, keir, summarize what you really mean in your life. and he thought for a moment and he said this, my work has consisted of trying to stir up divine discontent with wrong. what words they are. what brilliance. so i say to you don't accept injustice.
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fauci and homeland security jeh johnson among others. >> welcome back from lunch. i hope you enjoyed it. this is our all catholic panel of the day. although we are all catholics last week when the pope was here. i never met so many catholics i didn't know were catholic. and so today i'm going to announce a papal miracle, but after a few minutes into the interview, both of them met the pope. so i'm going to get a little papal dust on me, i hope. and senator markey, which i never call you that, but i want to be formal. i've known ed for about 29 years or so. what was it like? you met the pope, not once in your life, right, but twice? >> i was invited to go to the